- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

SHAMONG, N.J. (AP) - Firefighters are making progress in containing a brush fire that’s consumed 700 acres in southern New Jersey.

Officials say the fire is about 50 percent contained. It’s burning off Route 206 in Wharton State Forest in Shamong.

Route 206 in the area of the fire had been closed down, but has since reopened. State police had earlier asked residents to evacuate from their homes, but they say that the fire has been contained to one side and there are no current evacuation orders.

Firefighting planes and helicopters were trying to knock the fire down and firefighters were also lighting backfires to try to keep it from spreading.

The fire danger level throughout the state is listed as very high.

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